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Dessert Pairing for Chinese Food

lissinup Dec 7, 2012 09:44 AM

Hi all,

My family is insisting on ordering Chinese food for Christmas Eve dinner. I'll be making the dessert. I'm not sure what to make. I'm not a big fan of Chinese desserts in general, and my family has fairly traditional tastes. I would probably want something fairly light. Suggestions appreciated!

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  1. ipsedixit RE: lissinup Dec 7, 2012 09:55 AM

    Well, what ethnicity is your family? This will help us understand what you mean by "fairly traditional tastes".

    If your family is American (whatever that may mean), how about a Lemon Chiffon Cake? Or maybe a Pavlova if you really want to stay on the lighter side?

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      lissinup RE: ipsedixit Dec 7, 2012 10:01 AM

      Thanks! Those are great suggestions. We have a English/Irish background.

    2. blue room RE: lissinup Dec 7, 2012 10:13 AM

      I think this one is especially nice:


      My Dad was a child (of German?Irish immigrants) in New York in the 1930s, and always told us how special oranges were @ Christmastime. I take them for granted, whenever, wherever!

      1. ChristinaMason RE: lissinup Dec 7, 2012 10:25 AM

        Make this, but increase the cranberries (as commenters suggest) and add some orange/clementine zest and grated fresh ginger to the cake batter. It's great.


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